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Nate Philippe will bring more than 15 years of playing and coaching experience in Canada to Grand Forks for the 2010-11 season.
Menís Basketball adds Philippe to coaching staff
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Updated: Wednesday 07/21/2010 12:23:32 (ET)
by UND Athletics Media Relations
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. — University of North Dakota men’s basketball head coach Brian Jones announced the addition of Nate Philippe to his coaching staff on Wednesday. Philippe’s primary responsibilities as an assistant coach will be recruiting, opponent scouting, video exchange and working closely with UND post players.

Philippe brings more than 15 years of coaching and playing experience at the prep and university levels in Canada to the Fighting Sioux program. This past season, Philippe worked as an assistant coach at York University and was also the associate head coach at the Regional Elite Development Academy in Hamilton, Ontario.

Prior to his stints at York and REDA, the Ottawa native was the head coach at West Hill Collegiate Institute, where he led the varsity boy’s team to a 30-8 record and an appearance in the city of Toronto championship game. Philippe also led West Hill to an Elite Eight berth in the Ontario Provincial Tournament (OFSAA) during the 2008-09 season.

Philippe also has previous experience as a head coach with Grassroots Canada Elite AAU and spent a season as an assistant coach with Centennial College.

"We are excited about the addition of Nate Philippe to our program," Jones said. "He is a 'grinder,' which I believe is an important strength to have when you are at a transitional Division I program.

"Nate will also open up some new doors in the recruiting world with his strong ties in Canada and Prep schools.  Nate offers our program different experiences, which in turn will make our program better."

As a collegian, Philippe played two seasons at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he was a starting power forward for the Huskies. His first two collegiate seasons were spent with the UPEI Panthers also as a starter. He earned numerous all-star, all-conference and MVP honors during his career.

"I am extremely excited about joining the UND men’s basketball program and thank Coach Jones sincerely for this opportunity," Philippe said. "I believe there is great potential here to do some very special things together as a team, and I look forward to getting started on the journey.

"My family and I are excited about our move to North Dakota and look forward to forming strong ties in the community and accomplishing great things with the UND basketball family."

Philippe has also spent several years in the corporate sector as a real estate agent. He and his wife Toni have a son named Isaac, who will turn one in December.

– Go Sioux –
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